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>> mitchell: tonight nato says one of its air strikes went off target and may have caused civilian casualties in a libyan capitol of tripoli. allen pizzey reports from the scene. will u.s. troops be drawn down from afghanistan faster than planned? david martin will have the latest on the u.s. policy debate. countdown to layoff-- kelly cobiella looks at what the end of the shuttle program means for the workers of florida's space coast. and bill whitaker tells us a father's day story of a special dad raising two sons on his own. >> my fear was to be a father the way my father was to me. and my dream was to be the best father ever. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: good evening. we begin tonight with a conflict in libya where many in congress
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believe that the 90 day deadline has been reached to seek approval for military action under the war powers act. >> the main rebel stronghold in the west. well in the eastern stronghold rebels said today they had run out of money. and late today nato acknowledged that one of its air strikes went off course last night in tripoli and maybe to blame for civilian casualties. allen pizzey is in tripoli tonight and begins our coverage. >> reporter: what almost certainly was a tragic blunder by nato at first looked like it might be another propaganda attempt bit libyan authorities. just after 2:00 sunday morning journalists were brought to this site. the neighborhood known as souk al-juma has been a focal point of protests against the regime of moammar qaddafi, but for once politics took second place to a rescue effort conducted with little organization and the lot of brute force. this was said to be the body of
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a woman who lived in the house. the libyan officials who brought us here insist this is a civilian area that was bombed by nato and it certainly has every appearance of being just that. but a man has just sided up to me and murmured another version in my ear. i'm afraid but i'm going to tell you something secret there were anti-aircraft guns behind this building. qaddafi spokesman denied the site had any military connections. >> reporter: the casualty toll was put at 9 dead and 18 injured. journalists were shown five bodies including a baby and toddler. hours later much of the debris had been cleared and the libyans carefully arranged the material that wasn't there initially including these baby items. in a statement nato said its planes targeted what was described as a missile site operated by pro qaddafi forces
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in tripoli. >> it appears that one weapon did not strike the intended target due to a weapons systems failure. this technical failure may have caused a number of civilian casualties. >> reporter: given that more than 4,300 bombs and missiles had been dropped and fired on libya and how close civilian areas often are to the targets the tragedy that occurred here was always an accident waiting to happen and one nato said regretted. allen pizzey, cbs news, tripoli. >> mitchell: national security correspondent david martin is at the pentagon tonight tracking developments and david earlier we talked about the war powers act and how many in congress believe that today is the deadline for the president to seek authorization for continued u.s. military involvement in libya. how will these mistakes we've seen is on the ground of late affect that debate?
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>> well, they certainly serve as a reminder that there is a war going on in libya and make president obama that the war power act does not apply seem like something of a stretch. but this is essentially a legal argument which is to the going to be resolved any time soon. the only way congress can bring a quick end to u.s. participation in the bombing is to cut off funding. and that's a much more drastic action than simply complaining that the obama administration is not abiding by the war powers act. >> mitchell: let's turn to afghanistan and another debate. when to pull the troops out and how fast. what is the latest on that? >> the 30,000 surge troops that went in beginning in december of 2009 took away the momentum from the taliban and now the question is: how do you handle that success? and defense secretary gates has argued that now is not the time to let up on the pressure. and he wants any withdrawal to at least in the beginning be a modest one. others argue that the killing of bin laden was a game changer and the u.s. can afford to bring its troops home much more rapidly. so basically it's an argument between how fast do you bring those 30,000 surge troops home.
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six to nine months or 12 to 18 months? >> mitchell: david martin at the pentagon, thank you. syria's president said today they have formed a national counsel to coordinate their movement. officials said assad tomorrow will make his first speech in more than two months. syrian troops today prevented more refugees from entering turkey. here at home the economy and jobs will be big issues in washington again this coming week. while unemployment among the general population is 9.1%, it is 16.2% for african-americans and higher still for african- american males. michelle miller has more on what's being done to try to turn those figures around. >> reporter: it's crunch time at strive. a job training program in east harlem with instruction within state your name.
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>> that's another quarter for not stating your name-- give me my 75 cents first. >> reporter: for young men of color especially black males, unemployment is at depression era-like levels. nationwide black male unemployment is at 17.5%. in new york city, it's 25%. and according to think tank the community service society, a third of new york's young black men age 19 to 24 are not working. >> i'm not working at the moment. >> reporter: 20-year-old christopher scott a high school dropout got a g.e.d. last year. but he hasn't been able to find a job ever since. >> it makes me feel a little degraded in a way. i feel like i'm supposed to be more independent at the age of 20. >> reporter: for those with less than a college education finding a job alone isn't enough. even if they do secure employment, it's often at a rate below minimum wage. in places like new york city, barely enough to survive. >> right now i work in a restaurant as a busboy. >> reporter: jermaine christian graduated from one of the top high schools in the city in 2010. he can't afford college, so after working for a year now works for $5.50 an hour. >> i became desperate.
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>> reporter: job counselors say part of the problem is high schools aren't teaching marketable skills. >> unless you have a skill coming out of high school in this society n this horrible economy, that you literally may not be able to find a job. >> reporter: and in this climate where jobs are scarce. >> plumbing skills as well as electrical skills. >> reporter: even having a real skill is to guarantee of a job. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: in other job news tonight with the end of the space shuttle program set for this summer, thousands of nasa workers in florida are getting ready for pink slips. kelly cobiella has the story of what it all means for the workers and for the place they live. >> i'll check 188. >> reporter: with the launch of shuttle atlantis just three weeks away, barbara kennedy is focused. and not just at the job at hand. >> the commands are off at this time. >> reporter: inside the launch control center kennedy has worked on every space
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shuttle launch for the past 24 years. but once this mission ends, so does her job with united space alliance, nasa's biggest contractor. >> here's the letter, it's the pink slip and it's not pink. >> reporter: barbara is a single mom with a son heading off to college. on july 22nd she'll be unemployed. >> i'm thankful that we have another lunch to keep us busy so it keeps your mind off the impending deadline, but it's coming and you think about it a lot. >> reporter: 2300 shuttle workers will lose their jobs in july. on top of 4,300 who already have. brevard county has lost more jobs in the last year than any other county in the state. florida's space coast is trying to lure new companies with incentives like tax breaks and grants for employee training. but they see the vast nasa talent pool as their main draw. >> if you think about it be, we have an area of workers that are three generations deep in working in space industry.
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you can't, there's not an incentive in the world that can create that. >> reporter: it was a big selling point for brazilian jet maker embraer. the company opened a new 80,000 square foot assembly plant here in february. so far they have hired 18 former shuttle workers. >> how many people do you have applying for those jobs? >> over 5,000. >> reporter: for how many positions. >> 200. >> reporter: defense department contractor a.a.r. moved in down the street in april bringing 225 jobs. joe urich was hired six weeks after being laid off. >> i feel badly for my, you know, past coworkers that are still unemployed. it's hard to see them struggle at the same time while i'm being able to maintain. >> reporter: barbara kennedy spends all of her spare time at job fairs and networking meetings. she's selling her house, downsizing and sending out resumes. >> there's good days and there's bad days-- gee, what am i going to do? it's uncertain. you do get a little nervous about that but i think i never give up.
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just never give up. >> reporter: determination that helped her rise at nasa and that she'll need to launch into a new career. kelly cobiella, cbs news, kennedy space center, florida. >> mitchell: officials in arizona today ordered new evacuations as a wildfire near sierra vista jumped containment lines. and the biggest wildfire in arizona history threatened the town of luna across the border in new mexico. luna was evacuated as names from the so-called wallow fire drew closer. the fire now almost 50% contained has burned almost 800 square miles. a new tropical storm called beatrice formed today off the pacific coast of mexico it is expected to reach hurricane strength as early as tuesday. a hurricane watch has been issued for most of mexico's southwest coast. later a road to teen responsibility that happens to go through a bike repair shop. one parent, two sons, how a single father does it on his own. and food or fuel?
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message when it comes to budget cutting, everything is fair game. republican senator tom coburn released a statement saying: just one short decade ago only about 10% of america's corn went to ethanol. now the number is closer to 40%. that's nearly half of all the corn we grow in this country going right into the gas tank. oil analyst phil flynn says after 30 years of taxpayer help it is time for the ethanol industry to stand on its own. >> this industry is big enough to take the training wheels off. you know, why do they need a new 45 to 50 cent a gallon credit just to do their business? >> reporter: michigan congressman mike rogers agrees. he applaud the senate action and expects to see similar legislation brought up soon in the house. >> i believe ethanol is a viable fuel source but it can't
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>> mitchell: starting tomorrow chicago will be putting an additional 150 police officers on the beat in high-crime areas. it's an attempt to prevent a surge in youth violence this summer. but as dean reynolds tells us, giving kids a bike and a chance may be a better solution. >> reporter: on the tough streets of chicago in gang-riden
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woodlawn neighborhood blackstone bicycle works is more than a bike shop. >> we want to tighten the spoke. >> reporter: here kids ages nine to 16 are offered the chance to learn how to fix and maintain bikes. and the best part, is they can earn the right to pick one out for themselves for free if they put in 25 consistent hours of work at the shop. >> take off your cap. >> reporter: last year about 180 kids took part. >> for some of them is it their first bike? >> yeah, for some of our young people it is. seeing a child or youth earn a bike for the first time, it's a wonderful thing. >> reporter: aaron swanton is the youth program manager at the shop. >> i think that element of work, you know, it's really good, kind of hard work. you know, there's a lot of fulfillment you get out of learning how to fix a bicycle. >> reporter: kevin applewhite came here when he was 13 and stayed so long he's now 19 and an employee. >> you learn how to be... all together i guess a better person because you learn how to be around other people. >> reporter: that's not all they learn. the shop: part of a nonprofit organization that survives more
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on donations than its actual business also offers their kids help with homework in a safe environment. and protection against the danger that lurks outside. >> there are kids who can't even walk home from the bike shop because they are crossing other gang territories. so the guys in the shop have to help them to get home. >> reporter: kevin says he used to be part of the problem. >> i didn't think i was going to live to be 18. i didn't think i was going to live to graduate out of high school. being at the shop changed all of that. like they helped me realize that i could do something with my life. >> reporter: and so he has. he's landed a second job maintaining campus rental bikes at the university of chicago. >> feels good to have a job, i mean to be productive. >> it feels very good like to have, to have something else to do besides being on the street. >> reporter: for kevin and the other kids the good feeling is plain to see. >> i like the wind that comes in my face. it's a really cool breeze, especially on a hot day.
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it feels like i can go on forever and ever and ever... >> reporter: as we said this is more than a bike shop. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> mitchell: some sad news this evening from the world of music. sax player clarence clemons is dead. clemons an original member of bruce springstein's e-street band died yesterday after suffering a stroke last week. ♪ the musician springstein called "the big man" played in the band for almost 40 years. springstein said today that clemons gave everything he had, every night he stepped on stage. clarence clemons was 69-years- old. and sleep soundly through the night. prevacid®24hr prevents the acid that causes frequent heartburn all day, all night.
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called low testosterone or low t. come on, stop living in the shadows. you've got a life to live. [ male announcer ] so don't blame it on aging. talk to your doctor and go to isitlowt.com to find out more. >> mitchell: finally this sunday a somber thought on this father's day, 27 percent of american youngsters now live apart from their fathers compared to just 11% back in 1960. bill whitaker has the story of one east los angeles family that is an exception to the trend. >> reporter: when 11-year-old
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simon diaz takes to the field for the aliso pico angels, it is under the watchful eye of his coach who also happens to be his dad raul diaz. >> last time i got a home run, i felt really special because my dad was there. he's always there. he doesn't miss out on anything that happens in my life. >> reporter: words raul could ever say about his own father. his dad walked out when he was a toddler leaving his moth tore raise him and his brother as loan in east l.a. in the projects in gang territory. >> you were pretty much raised by the streets. most of the single moms out there are working long hours it was really tough to see all that stuff. to see brothers coming home drunk and high. and then me being the youngest, it's like wow. where is the man in this house? >> reporter: a question he vowed his children would never have to ask. today he is a single father raising simon and two-year-old sebastian in east l.a. he split from their mother but never stepped out on his sons.
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>> it's a beautiful feeling to be a father. i would love for my son to learn that mom and dad together is super, super great. but if it doesn't happen, it doesn't mean it's the end of the world. you keep going forward to be the best father, the best person you can be. >> reporter: and in a neighborhood where too many young men grow up without fathers, raul fills that role for as many as can as a counselor at home boy industry, an inner city program dedicated to saving youngsters if gangs and crime. ask and they will tell you he fills a hole in their lives too. arrested for robbery as a juvenile, 19-year-old juan santana wants to go to college to be a counselor like raul. >> he's the person that will really be there for me, and i never really had people like that. >> reporter: 24-year-old daniel rosales was arrested for carjacking at age 14. >> not knocking the women but i think it takes a man to raise a man, you know. thank god he put him in my life to help me out. >> reporter: raul says he is grateful for the young men at
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home boy and especially the young boys at home. >> my fear was to be a father the way my father was to me. and my dream was to be the best father ever. for me to know their heartbeat, to know how the center of their hand feels. yeah, i think my dream's coming true. >> reporter: to be a winner as a father, he says, just step up to the plate. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> mitchell: and that is the "cbs evening news." later on cbs, "60 minutes." thanks for joining us this sunday evening. i'm russ mitchell, cbs news in new york. scott pelley will be here tomorrow. good night and happy father's day. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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